SOCS4101 Advanced Theory in Social Sciences

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology; Archaeology; Asian Studies; Communication and Media Studies; Linguistics; Political Science and International Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit consists of a modular theoretically-oriented advanced topics research seminar. The unit is divided into a number of parallel modules, which typically take three weeks each. Each module covers a set of cognate but interdisciplinary topics in the social sciences. Typically a module will comprise three two-hour seminars, led by an expert in the field. Students choose, in consultation with their Honours dissertation supervisor, a total of three modules, which they complete over the 12 weeks of the unit. Examples of modules that may be included are: multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism; material dimensions of culture; contemporary political thought; the construction of knowledge in the social sciences; media archaeology; philosophy of language.

Module availability will vary depending on student profile and staff availability.
Students are able to (1) display advanced theoretical understanding across a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes and (2) engage critically with advanced contemporary theory in the social sciences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written work and (2) critical reflections. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Savat
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.